BRING IT ON Preview at Alliance Theatre Cancelled Due to Weather
Due to the unprecedented snow and ice in Atlanta, the dangerous road conditions caused by severe weather, and the closure of the Woodruff Arts Center since Monday, Saturday evening's first preview performance of Bring It On: The Musical has been cancelled. Previews will now begin Sunday, January 16th with performances at 2:30pm and 7:30pm.
The high-stakes world of competitive cheerleading meets the cutthroat rivalries of high school politics in this daring and explosive new musical comedy. The star-studded creative team behind the production has crafted an original with all new characters and storylines that is certain to surprise and delight audience members.
The team behind the world premiere of Bring It On: The Musical is an extraordinarily rare union of some of Broadway's most acclaimed, award-winning, young creators. With an original book by Tony Award® winner Jeff Whitty (Avenue Q), music and lyrics by Tony Award®-winning composer Lin-Manuel Miranda (In the Heights), music by Pulitzer and Tony Award®-winning composer Tom Kitt (next to normal) and lyrics by Broadway lyricist Amanda Green (High Fidelity), the production is directed and choreographed by Tony Award winner Andy Blankenbuehler (In the Heights).
"Kicking off 2011 with this world premiere is a prime example of the Alliance's deep commitment to offering Atlanta the country's first look at Broadway's best and brightest creating new work at the top of their game," said Susan V. Booth, Jenning Hertz, Jr. ALLIANCE THEATRE Artistic Director. "Welcoming a creative team of this magnitude to Atlanta is a gift both for and from the Alliance for our audiences and the community at large."
Bring It On: The Musical is presented at the ALLIANCE THEATRE by a special arrangement with Universal Pictures Stage Productions/Glenn Ross, Beacon Communications/Armyan Bernstein & Charlie Lyons, and Kristin Caskey & Mike Isaacson, Executive Producers.
"From my first eye-opening moment stepping into the cheerleading world, I was instantly struck by the passion and raw emotion filling every athlete stepping out onto the competition mat. That live or die commitment was truly inspiring," said director and choreographer Andy Blankenbuehler. "The team of Bring It On: The Musical quickly saw a parallel between the passion on the cheerleading floor and the attitude of young people everywhere who felt their own passions burn within them. We quickly saw that our story was not about winning or losing, but our story was about finding out what was in your heart and following with all the truth, love and spirit that you could muster up. The path before us in life is definitely curvy, but if we live true to our heart, we all find out what "winning" means to each of us."
The lead actors in Bring It On: The Musical include Amanda Lea LaVergne (Campbell), who recently performed in Grease and All Shook Up on Broadway; Adrienne Warren (Danielle), fresh from the recent national tour of Dreamgirls and Nick Blaemire (Randall), who appeared in the original Broadway production of Cry-Baby.
The all-star cast includes some of the nation's most skilled competitive cheerleaders. Their combined achievements include over 25 national and 50 team titles in gymnastics and choreography. They were selected in part through a collaboration with Varsity, the global leader in competitive cheerleading. Among eight of the most notable are: Antwan Bethea, Michael Naone-Carter, Courtney Corbeille, Brooklyn Freitag, Melody Mills, ShelDon Tucker, David Ranck, and Lauren Whitt.
Members of the artistic design team that help bring this production to life on the Alliance stage are David Korins, set designer; Andrea Lauer, costume designer; Jason Lyons, lighting designer; Brian Ronan, sound designer. Tony Award® winner Alex Lacamoire serves as music supervisor for the production.